Guides

You can find in-depth guides to getting started with large format photography and darkroom printing here.

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All Intrepid Cameras, Enlarger Kits and many of our accessories are hand-assembled by our team in Brighton and many of the parts are manufactured in-house. When there is high demand for certain products there may be a lead time listed on the product page. 

This simply means the estimated time it will take from when you place your order to when it will be shipped and we can't provide exact dates for shipping. Lead times are updated regularly so check the product pages for the current lead times.

Please keep this in mind when placing an order if you need any of our products within a certain time frame.

We ship worldwide! We try and keep shipping as affordable and fast as possible no matter where you are in the world.*

Once your order ships you will receive a confirmation email along with a tracking number.

*We need to rely on updates from postal services of any issues that may impact parcel\letter services to and from countries around the world. So delivery times can change at short notice or it might not be possible to ship an order.

If shipping is blocked due to unforeseen circumstances (such as war or natural disasters), we trust that the customer is aware of any potential delays/cancellations before they place the order.

Please contact us directly for up to date information if you're not sure that we can ship to your country.

(Currently we can't ship to Russia and we have limited options for Ukraine).

Once your order is ready to ship (some products will have production lead times), you will receive an email with a tracking number.

Royal Mail Tracked
Tracked delivery service from Royal Mail, if your shipping address is outside of the UK Royal Mail will pass the delivery onto a local courier when it arrives in your country. Delivery Times: UK: 1 to 2 working days, EU: 2 to 7 working days, ROW: 5 to 14 working days.

DHL Express
Tracked express service for larger items, fast and reliable. Delivery Times: Between 1-7 working days (depending on destination)

DHL Express (DDP)
Just for the EU (DDP) means that all duties and taxes are paid on your behalf. There is nothing extra to pay. Tracked express service for larger items, fast and reliable. Delivery Times: Between 1-7 working days (depending on destination)

Royal Mail Tracked (DDP)
Just for the EU (DDP) means that all duties and taxes are paid on your behalf. There is nothing extra to pay. Tracked delivery service from Royal Mail, if your shipping address is outside of the UK Royal Mail will pass the delivery onto a local courier when it arrives in your country. Delivery Times: UK: 1 to 2 working days, EU: 3 to 7 working days, ROW: 5 to 14 working days.

How much will shipping cost?

Shipping charges for your order will be automatically calculated and added at checkout. The final price cannot be worked out prior.

Can I collect my order if I'm in the UK?

If you are based in or visiting the UK, you can skip the shipping fees and pick up your order from our workshop in Brighton! Once your order is ready we will send you an email to notify you along with the pick up instructions. If you are unable to pick up your order, we can arrange payment for delivery instead. (Please note that British VAT will be included if collection is selected at checkout and cannot be removed)

Our opening hours are Mon-Thurs 09:00am-17:00pm (GMT)

Can I change my shipping address?

We ask all customers to ensure that the correct address is entered at checkout but the address can be changed up to the day of dispatch. If there is a mistake with your address or needs to be updated please contact us as soon as you can. A product replacement is not guaranteed if an incorrect or incomplete delivery information is submitted to us. In some instances we will need to wait for the parcel to be returned to us before we try to fulfil an order a second time.

You can also choose to ship to a different country but be beware that there might need be extra costs and delays due to different custom procedures. Please contact us for details. 

Can I use a PO Box?

The majority of small orders can be shipped to PO Boxes/military postcodes with Royal Mail with no additional changes. Unfortunately DHL cannot be deliver to PO boxes as they require a signature. We will try to switch to a different shipping service but we will contact you if we are unable to ship your order.

My order hasn’t arrived yet, what should I do?

In the unlikely event that your order has not arrived within the estimated time, please let us know so we can look into it.

If your parcel still hasn’t arrived within 28-30 days (after the shipping date) or is officially declared lost by us or courier services, we can arrange to replace the items if they are available or offer a refund. 

Depending on production times and stock levels, we will advise when replacements can be expected.

I live in the EU do I have to pay tax and import duties?

If you are in the EU all tax and import duties will be calculated and paid at checkout so you wont have to pay anything extra on delivery.

For orders placed outside of the UK/EU, import duty and tax are not included in the total price.

Your order may also be subject to other charges, which are incurred once a shipment reaches your destination country.*

I don't live in the UK or EU will I have to pay tax?

If you live outside the UK you do not have to pay UK VAT so it will be automatically deducted at checkout. You will instead be asked to pay the standard rate of import tax on delivery, the amount will vary depending on your country's customs rules.

Your order may also be subject to other charges, which are incurred once a shipment reaches your destination country.*

*Intrepid Camera is not responsible for these charges if they are applied and are your responsibility as the recipient. We always recommend contacting your customs agency before ordering if you are unsure of any unexpected charges.

As stated on the product pages, our cameras and enlargers do not include a lens.

Check out our comprehensive guide to large format lenses here

For returns, you have up to 30 days after delivery to return the items and they must be in the original packaging.

Once we receive and inspect your return, we will notify you of approval or rejection of your refund. If approved, your refund will be processed within 7-10 working days to your original method of payment. Please ensure your purchase and account information is accurate and up-to-date.

Shipping/import costs can't be refunded and we don't offer free returns.

Can I cancel my order?

You can cancel your order anytime before it is dispatched.

We will confirm the cancellation with you and the refund will issued to the original payment method. If your order has already shipped, you will need to return it to us before we can issue a refund (minus any shipping/custom fees).

Can I amend my order?

If there is a mistake with a product in your order, please let us know as soon as you can. Due to various shipping times we can't guarantee that all amendments can be accepted. 

Please note if you want to change the colour for the bellows, this can cause a delay with your order.

Exchanges:

We can offer exchanges for most of our products in case of customer error etc incorrect size or an incompatibility with existing set ups. If you are unsure about a product please contact us for assistance.

If a camera or enlarger is accidentally damaged or you discover a defect during use, we will make all reasonable efforts to repair or replace your product (subject to the availability of any parts required).

Any defects in the materials or workmanship found within the warranty period will be covered and will be free of charge.

Our Warranty

We offer a one year warranty. This warranty covers defects in manufacturing discovered while using any of our products. The warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse, abuse, unauthorised modification, improper storage conditions, weather damage or any accidental damage. Second hand Intrepid products are not covered by our warranty.

If we are notified of a defect that would covered by our one year warranty, it must be arranged to be returned for repair or a refund within that time frame. Unfortunately the warranty will be voided if we receive no further communication from the buyer.

If an exchange or replacement is agreed upon, we require the original product be returned first before we ship any replacements/exchanges.

For any products that are out of warranty or are bought second hand can also be sent in to our workshop to be repaired for a fee. We can provide quotes upon request.

Please note with some older camera models (MK4 and earlier), repairs or replacements might not be available due to design changes.

Unfortunately we cannot accept custom jobs or modify any existing products. If you're looking into modifying/building/restoring a camera, we can offer certain pre-built parts for a fixed price.

Please contact us for details.

Our products are a modern rethink of traditional large format film cameras and darkroom enlargers. They are designed to be compact, affordable and easy to use, whilst offering the same features as their traditional counterparts.

Unlike buying secondhand you have the security that your new camera or enlarger will be in top working condition as it is brand new. You also have a full 1-year warranty and ongoing support from an active company should you have any issues at any point.

We also have an extensive and evolving range of accessories to allow you to create and experiment without having to track down expensive or unreliable secondhand ones.

A large format camera is one of the most creative, fun and rewarding tools a photographer can use. Free from any electronics or automatic settings, shooting large format film is actually a lot simpler than you may think. As a totally analogue experience, it allows you to slow down, refine your photography and fully immerse yourself in the process. 

Unlike smaller formats, large format cameras allow you to move and reposition the lens giving you total control of focus and perspective (this is referred to as ‘camera movements.’) Due to the sheer size of the film sheets, large format also gives you pictures with incredible depth, colour and detail, sharper than even the best full-frame digital cameras.

Yes, you can use all Intrepid 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 cameras for Wet Plate Collodion! Take a look at our in-depth guide to working with Collodion by Rikard Österlund.

As well as the chemistry and a lens you will also need a plate holder. There are some great modern ones or you can modify a sheet film holder. 

In all our choices for materials and manufacturing processes, we try and be as environmentally considerate as possible. Everything is hand-assembled in the UK and the majority of parts for our products are produced in-house. We recycle as much of the workshop waste as we can, predominantly use UK-based suppliers, and use the most renewable materials available. 

All the Birch Plywood we use is FSC certified and sourced locally. Not only is Birch Plywood known for its strength and durability but Birch trees are a very fast-growing species so when sourced sustainably there is little impact to the global environment or biodiversity.

Most of the metal used in our manufacturing is aluminium, which is the single most abundant metal found on the earth. It is also the most readily recycled, about 75% of the aluminium in circulation today has been recycled already.

All the wood used in our products is treated with a plant-based oil/wax, this reduces the chance of it warping and makes it water-resistant. The bellows are made from coated vinyl that can withstand a light rain shower and the metal work is all anodised aluminium so it highly reduces any chance of rust as long as the camera is treated with care.

So if you do get caught in rain your camera will be fine, just make sure to wipe away any excess water and leave it set up to dry when you are back inside.

We also recommend that the stainless steel components (M5/M6 thumbscrews and guide rails) are greased every couple of months to protect them from weathering.

Take a look at our guides section on the website for how to set up your Intrepid camera or enlarger. We will also soon be launching a series of guide videos on large format and darkroom techniques, processes and accessories.

If you are based in the UK we have just opened Intrepid Studios - an analogue-focused darkroom, studio and workshop space. We have regular workshops as well as one-off guest workshops designed to help you get to grips with different film photography techniques and darkroom printing!

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